Skull Session: C.J. Stroud is the Nation's Best, Michael Penix Jr. Likely Out Against Ohio State, and Buckeye Offense is Absurdly Good

By Kevin Harrish on October 19, 2021 at 5:30 am
C.J. Stroud is slinging it in today's skull session.

Folks, the fan designs are rolling in.

I know some of you are certain you can do better than all of those options. It's your time to shine!

Word of the Day: Pauperize.

 SIMPLY THE BEST. Which method of quarterback evaluation do you prefer, ESPN's total QBR or the trendy Expected Points Added per play? It doesn't really matter – either way, C.J. Stroud is the best quarterback in the country.

For those of you wondering what the hell "expected points added" even means, it's a relatively new stat that basically takes game situation and field position into account to tell you how many points (literal points on the scoreboard) a player adds or takes away from your team on a given play, including rushing plays.

In Stroud's case, every time he touches the ball he's responsible for just over 0.4 points, which is kinda wild to think about. 

The larger point is, there aren't many stats you can find that won't have Stroud as one of, if not the best quarterback in the country – a hilarious turn of events from "he might not get his job back!" after he took that rest against Akron.

I'm not sure how many consecutive times Ohio State's going to roll out a new quarterback that just might be the best in program history, but I'm hoping for at least a few more!

You know what else is wild? How absolutely terrible D.J. Uiagalelei has been this season. The dude is all the way down in the "please bench me" category.

 INJURED PENIX. Indiana's Michael Penix Jr. – who is also in the "please bench me" category on that chart – has been sidelined the natural way for a couple of weeks now, and it sure doesn't sound like he's going to play against Ohio State this week, either.

The Donaven McCulley fellow they're discussing is a change-of-pace option Indiana rolled out against Michigan State to moderate success. And in extremely Indiana fashion, he was described as "a great basketball player" when he took his first snap on Saturday, so there's that.

 BEST OFFENSE EVER? It's probably wise to punt most excitement about this until *after* Ohio State faces five top-50 defenses in seven weeks, but the Buckeyes are currently very much on pace to have what certainly looks to be the best offense in program history.

Defining stat

How about a couple to explain just how explosive Ohio State’s offense has been this year? The Buckeyes are averaging 8.55 yards per play, which would dwarf the previous program single-season high of 7.29 set in last year’s shortened season. Their 4.12 points per drive rank second in the country only to Coastal Carolina, and by a good measure. It’s the best mark OSU has posted going back at least a decade — probably ever, if we could track such things. The Buckeyes’ 0.722 points per play are better than the prolific offenses we’ve seen from national champions Alabama and LSU in each of the past two seasons. Ohio State’s best defensive opponents are still to come, but this offense is tracking as the best the program has ever had.

I mean, that'll happen when you have the best quarterback in the country, at least the two best receivers in the country, arguably the best running back in the country, and an offensive line that features multiple first-round picks.

It's borderline unfair to teams across the country that this was even allowed to transpire, especially with Ohio State's defense looking a lot more competent these days.

 WINGS? BEER? US? Imagine this, if you will: you, your friends, delicious buffalo wings, All-American cheeseburgers, smoked brisket sandwiches, a plethora of beers to choose from, all while The Eleven Dubcast is recorded live starting at 7pm, right in front of you.

It might not technically be Heaven, but it sure is close.

If you like the sound of that, come to Buffalo Wild Wings in Grandview this Thursday after work, school or however else you spend your weekdays. The guys will be doing their first live show of the season, with other shows to follow at other Central Ohio BDubs throughout the rest of the year.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister.

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